Tag: Dale Rooks

Beauty and The Beast @ Chichester Festival Theatre

Mia-Cunningham-Stockdale as Beauty. Photo by Pete Jones

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and there are few things more guaranteed to put us in the Christmas spirit than a Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production. Recent years have given us inspired takes on A Christmas Carol, Roald Dahl’s Witches and Peter Pan, all excellent and this year’s Beauty and The Beast, a new play by Anna Ledwich looks set to keep up the trend! Continue reading

Chichester Festival Theatre Announce 2017 Season

The announcement of a new season at Chichester Festival Theatre is always greeted with excitement here, like spring come early! Of course the 2017 season is all the more exciting as it marks Daniel Evans‘ debut as Artistic Director. Continue reading

A Christmas Carol @ Chichester Festival Theatre

tumblr_inline_nzs81lJ9eP1rgiv1h_500For some Christmas begins when they leave the office for the last time before the holidays. For others it’s the moment the Coca-Cola advert starts running on the TV. For me Christmas begins with a Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production. This is my third and every year I’m blown away by the talent and professionalism on display. Continue reading

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Announce 2016 Season

tumblr_inline_nxlenw2VlO1rgiv1h_500Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has confirmed that Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild will open its 2016 season in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, running from 13 May – 12 June.  In a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre, who originally created the piece with their youth theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will fully develop the play to launch its professional premiere. Timothy Sheader and original Chichester director Dale Rooksdirect with puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse.

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The Witches @ Chichester Festival Theatre

It was with a heavy heart that I made my way to Chichester Festival Theatre yesterday. Not because I was seeing The Witches, I grew up on a diet of Roald Dahl and will vehemently argue that his books are at the very peak of child-centric literature. Neither was it because this was a Chichester Youth Theatre production, I’d not seen the youth theatre before but I had every reason to believe that they would put on a good show. No, my sadness came purely from the fact that we’re approaching the end of a great year of theatre that I’ve been privileged to write about… and this production stands shoulder to shoulder with the big name plays and musicals! Continue reading